The ewer is naturalistically cast as a lotus flower, with numerous white petals and pinkish tips and their veins finely detailed in varied green, white, red and blue enamels within gilt outlines, with a large lotus leave forming the base, a lotus stem made of bronze forming the handle, a convoluted smaller lotus leave forming the spout, the lid consisting of a lotus pod with a budding lotus flower serving as the knob, and smaller lotus leaves applied to the outer wall of the ewer. The inside with a thick green glaze.
It is interesting to compare the form of the present ewer with metalwork censers of Song dynasty such as the example in the collection of the Nanjing Municipal Museum, which is similarly cast with a lotus pod, lotus flower and leaf all borne on an undulating stem and connected to a long handle.
Shape: Lotus form ewer
Weight: 960 grams
Dimensions: Length 21.3 cm
Condition: Original and unrestored condition with minor bending to knob, stand and lips of ewer and lid, associated losses to enamels
Provenance: Austrian private collection.
Literature comparison: Although lotus-leaf was a popular choice of form during the Qing period, it is very rare to find them in cloisonné, but more often in other materials such as jade and crystal, for example, a jade lotus leaf-form washer sold at Christie’s New York, 19-20 May 2013, lot 1739.
Auction result comparison: Through Connoisseurs' Eyes - Ephemeral Flowers, Enduring Art. Christies, Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 2916. (for a related cloisonné washer) Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Christies, Hong Kong, 30 May 2018, lot 3040. (for another related cloisonné washer)
尺寸：長 21.3 厘米
文献比较：在清代，莲叶使用相当广泛，但是却很少出现在景泰蓝器物中，却经常出现于玉器和水晶器物中，比如一个玉雕莲叶笔洗见于Christie’s New York, 19-20 May 2013, lot 1739.
拍卖结果比较：Through Connoisseurs' Eyes - Ephemeral Flowers, Enduring Art. Christies, Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 2916. (相近的景泰蓝笔洗) Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Christies, Hong Kong, 30 May 2018, lot 3040. (另一件景泰蓝笔洗)